It rained nearly all last week during the kids' spring break so we didn't even bother going to the lake...but on Saturday it was too beautiful to resist. The girls went shopping so the son and I hitched up the boat, added about 10 gallons of gas to the tank, bought a couple of sandwiches, and drove to the nearest lake. Along the way we got a call from my friend Kent so we picked him up too to have a true boy's day out.
Tall Chief Landing on Skiatook lake is about 10 miles directly west of my house. I've been to the lake, around the lake, on the beach, and flown over it with my father in law...but never had I been on the lake.
It was nearly 80 degrees with a slight breeze...perfect! I discovered, after arriving of course, that Skiatook has a launch fee. Fortunately my freind Kent had the $3 (I just rarely carry cash these days) we needed to abide by the rules. We got everything set up to put the boat in the water (drain plug too) and it was then I saw the ramps...Oh my goodness they were steeeeeep and narrow. I've never seen ramps so steep! With Kent backing the truck and me in the boat we managed to get in the water without any major issues. Just south of the ramps is a small (tiny) fishing dock. I motored over and picked up my son and Kent. In about 45 minutes we had navigated around most of the main part of the lake (I also didn't realize the lake was that small). We floated around for a couple of hours then made our way over to the marina. There are a LOT of boats slipped at this marina. I would guess maybe 100 or so. The channel holding the marina is narrow with high rock walls on two sides. We couldn't find any transient slips so we just tied up at the fuel station (which hasn't opened for the season yet). Right up the walkway from the center of the marina is a really nice resturant (Cross Timbers) facing west over the water. It has a 2-3 story lighthouse that my son was dying to check out. We stretched our legs for about an hour and visited with the few people that were musing about on the docks. We headed back to the boat and made another circle of the main part of the lake.
All in all...it was a great day.
GPS Track...although I forgot to start it, then missed pausing/resuming but you get the idea:
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